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The French Dispatch + Short (15)

22 October - 11 November

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Audio descriptions are available for all showings of this film

Key

  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly

Details

Friday 22 October (15.10) All tickets £6.50

Wes Anderson’s delightful, star-studded homage to journalism and literary magazines is a feast for the eyes and a whip-smart comic delight.

The French Dispatch, a high-brow magazine based in the imagined Gallic town of Blasé-sur-Ennui, has reached its end. Its founder (Bill Murray) has died and his beloved creation looks set to shut down operations. In doing so, its staff reflect nostalgically on the publication’s halcyon days, when the writers were as celebrated as the subjects they covered. There’s the art critic (Tilda Swinton) who regales with the story of a jailed painter’s (Benicio Del Toro) obsession with his muse (Léa Seydoux); a political correspondent (Frances McDormand) whose ‘current affairs’ once included a young insurgent (Timothée Chalamet) during a student protest; and the rarefied food critic (Jeffrey Wright) who becomes quite the pot-au-feu when he finds himself caught up in a kidnapping plot.

Anderson is at the top of his game with this dazzling, breathlessly inventive and irrepressibly witty tribute to the New Yorker magazine and its writers. Along with his trademark shootingstyle – exquisitely-conceived symmetrical compositions – there’s deft use of aspect ratio and seamless monochrome-to-colour shifts. And the whole thing is carried along by regular collaborator Alexandre Desplat’s wonderful score. All in all, it’s an absolute treat.


Each show will be accompanied by a Shorts In Support screening of animated film The Last Train by Ross Hogg.

The Last Train

An observational animation exploring the behaviours and interactions of a diverse cross-section of tired, drunk, disgruntled, joyous and riotous strangers, pushed together within the confines of the last train home.

Director Ross Hogg, Scotland 2019, 3m, N/C 15+


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  • Director Wes Anderson
  • Cast Timothée Chalamet, Léa Seydoux, Willem Dafoe
  • Country USA
  • Year of Production 2020
  • Running Time 1h48m
  • Certificate 15

All Monday to Friday shows before 5pm have capacity capped at 50% (unless otherwise stated). All other screenings have full unlimited seating capacity (unless otherwise stated).

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